Carolinas Porschefest '97

Photos & Story By Chuck Zachman

The first annual Carolinas Porschefest '97 was by all accounts a huge success. We ended up with 54 cars participating in the various events throughout the weekend. We had Porsches from the very earliest 356's to the very newest Boxsters. Most all production models were represented. There were 356's, 912's, 911's, a 914, 928's, 930's, 944's, Boxsters and a couple of really cool modified cars.

Driver's Meeting Prior to the Rally
The weekend was nonstop fun from the time people checked in Friday afternoon until they left the autocross site Sunday afternoon. If asked to pick a highlight for the weekend I would have a difficult time doing so. Our event chairpeople did such an outstanding job that every night was a highlight. The concours was impressive with some of the finest examples of the marque I have ever seen assembled for an event such as this. Our rally was challenging and fun. We could not have had a prettier day for a drive into the countryside keeping our eyes peeled for that six-legged deer, or the derelict bus.

Chuck Zachman & Tina Angelichio's 1989 928 S4
At our banquet we heard from region member and national treasurer Dave Lumpkin, Zone 3 representative Danny Sexton and from PCNA, Chuck James who gave a great presentation on the Boxster. We followed that up with trophies for the concours and rally along with all the door prizes. Sunday morning we headed off to Knights Castle for the autocross. Another picture-perfect day as concluded with trophy presentations to the fastest drivers in each class as well as trophies for "Fastest Time of the Day" (FTD) in the men's and ladies' divisions.
This event would not have been possible were it not for the support of our sponsors. We owe a huge thank you to the folks at Hendrick Porsche. They were our major sponsor and the level of support they put forth financially, with the contribution of door prizes and assistance from their people, is to be remembered. A special thanks also goes to J. C. Bradford & Co. (Darrell Smith) and Richard Simons Companies (Richard Simons) for their financial support.

Chuck & Evelynn Whicker's 1951 356 Pre A
So remember, the next time you need another Porsche or you need to have the current one serviced go see the folks at Hendrick Porsche. Of course you will need to get have that garage floor coated with one of the toppings installed by the Richard Simons Companies (they did the garage floors at CMS) - perhaps the Porsche crest would look good under the new Porsche you just bought or the one that now runs so well. And for your financial future call Darrell Smith at J. C. Bradford & Co. for all your investment needs to insure that you will always have a P-car in your garage especially when you retire.

Shot of concours over the tail of Peter and Barbara Kilmans 1989 930 S
Hendrick Porsche (704)531-3344
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR SPONSORS J. C. Bradford & Co. - Darrell Smith (704)362-8600
Richard Simons Companies (704)536-1343

Shot over the hood of
Stan Pendergraft's 1986 928S of the Concours participants

Gary & Maggie Hibler's 1957 356 Speedster

Dave & Fran Lumpkin's 1972 911 E
I would also like to thank , from the bottom of my heart, all
the members who volunteered their time to offer other members
a memorable weekend. You all know who you are. Thanks again.

Steve Santee's 1964 356 C Cab

Planning for the second annual CPF '98 is already underway. If you wish to volunteer, let me know. It takes volunteers to pull this off.

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Last Update: 13-Jul-1997 10:30 PM ET